California is estimated to have nearly two million residents who choose to work independently – full-time or part-time. Statistics indicate that more and more Californians are choosing to work independently as their full-time career or for additional income to make ends meet.
Industries that commonly utilize independent contractors include real estate, healthcare, education, financial planning, agriculture, beauty, creative fields (filmmaking, editors, writers), technology development, insurance, construction, on-demand/gig and transportation. In addition, the franchise business model is based on an independent contractor relationship between a franchisor and franchisee. California has over 76,000 franchise locations that support nearly 730,000 jobs.
On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court overturned three decades of California employment law that allowed individuals to work as independent contractors. Instead, the court imposed far more restrictive criteria on workers which will create severe economic insecurity and hardship for Californians and nearly every industry in this state.